Parents will fight bridge road plans

DETERMINED: Paradise Primary School chairman of governors Najam Sheikh, with parents, governors and councillors who have vowed to fight plans for a new road near the school. (d16021141)
DETERMINED: Paradise Primary School chairman of governors Najam Sheikh, with parents, governors and councillors who have vowed to fight plans for a new road near the school. (d16021141)
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A SCHOOL has vowed to fight plans for a new road amid fears for pupil safety.

Paradise Primary School had objected to the new road near its Savile Town site which will carry up to 900 wagons a week.

But councillors have given Yorkshire Water (YW) permission for the access road off Bretton Park Way and a bridge over the River Calder, subject to conditions to be agreed by officers.

Chairman of the governors at Paradise Primary Najam Sheikh said: “We’re extremely angry, not just about the decision but the way it was made.”

He claimed there not been a proper consultation in the community, which was now determined to stop the plans.

“If it means going to a judicial review, we’ll go all the way. We’ve got too much to lose,” he said.

Last Thursday, the Heavy Woollen Planning Committee heard that the new water treatment works access would bring relief to Earlsheaton families who had endured wagons rumbling past their homes for several years.

Coun Khizar Iqbal (Ind, Dews South), representing objectors, said: “I’m pleased for the people of Earlsheaton. However, shifting the problem into this area raises fundamental concerns.”

He said the road network in Savile Town was already at ‘breaking point’.

But a highways officer said there were no concerns about safety or traffic volumes.

The meeting heard YW had moved the entrance to the proposed access 30 metres from its original location to make sure wagons did not pass the school.

It also agreed to pay for road improvements, road safety training at the school and a car park.

Coun Derrick Yates (Con, Liversedge and Gomersal) said: “I don’t like the Earlsheaton route. Moving it to Savile Town isn’t much of an improvement but it’s the best of two evils.”

The plans were passed with a casting vote from chairman Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dews East).

Paradise Primary has begun a petition against the decision.

Mr Sheikh said: “We feel its going to have a massive adverse affect on road safety. We’ve already got a massive problem here.

“As parents, we don’t want a thousand wagons a week going past.”

Meanwhile, Coun Iqbal has raised questions with the council about the consultation.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said it had carried out ‘extensive discussions’ about its plans.

He said it was still committed to building the bridge and would continue to listen to the school’s concerns.